From destination weddings to family reunions and corporate retreats, planning a group affair can be quite the undertaking. Whether you’re gathering fifty or hundreds of your closest family and friends, you’ll need plenty of space and things to do. Big hotels or resorts are often quick-to-mind, but bringing everyone together in one spot to bond can be hard when you’re trying to reserve conference rooms or common areas.
To add a touch of home-like hospitality to group gatherings, many people are turning to luxury big cabins instead. From cabins with 8+ bedrooms to renting out multiple cabins on one street for a private block party, it’s a unique option growing in popularity. One new community in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is taking the trend to heart, with four large cabins and four more on the way with up to 20 bedrooms. Here are four of Cherokee Orchard’s huge cabins, all within walking distance of downtown Gatlinburg:
The Mighty Crabapple Manor
In the Mighty Crabapple Manor, eight bedrooms provide plenty of space for friends and family – including six king suites and two rooms with queen bunks, making the cabin fit for 46 guests. This cabin’s design and décor embrace both the rustic and luxury, with walls and ceilings of cedar wood, fireplaces with hand-laid stone, and elegant yet cozy furnishings. The bright and spacious kitchen comes fully-equipped and includes an island with bar seating for six, while the custom-made wooden dining tables are ideal for feasting together after an action-packed day.
The Big Oak Lodge
Boasting 13 king suites, and 3 queen-sized bunk rooms, this expansive classic lodge can comfortably accommodate 82 guests. The main level offers one handicap-accessible bedroom along with a private bath. Custom furnishings and finishes add touches of luxury, while the open-plan great room offers a convenient place for everyone to gather for a game night. Or, curl up on the sofas in front of the fireplace for a crowd-pleasing movie. Custom-made dining tables seat the whole house, and the fully-equipped kitchen features two beautiful breakfast bars. Outside, you’ll find two furnished, covered decks and an open lawn area, with gorgeous Smoky Mountains views as a backdrop.
The Majestic Pine Retreat
Thirteen deluxe bedrooms sleep 60, making this Tennessee cabin an ideal spot for large groups. Of the 13 bedrooms, 10 are master suites fitted with king beds, while the remaining three offer fun, queen-size bunks – a kid’s dream set-up for sleepovers with cousins or friends. Enjoy nights in the cabin’s great room in one of the many overstuffed leather armchairs, kindling a fire and sharing laughs. Whip up hearty meals in the gourmet kitchen, and then join each other at one of the roomy dining tables. At night, gather in the outstanding home theater, equipped with a large screen, surround sound, stadium seating and plush leather chairs.
The Great Maple Retreat
With 13 bedrooms and 13 baths, Great Maple Retreat can sleep 64 guests, giving them a modern mountain experience. Ten of the bedrooms offer king suites, while the other three feature queen bunks. Combining natural stone fireplaces and granite countertops with vaulted ceilings and plush leather furniture, Great Maple Retreat provides comfort and coziness. The gourmet kitchen features top-of-the-line, stainless steel appliances for all the chefs in the group. Gather the masses and take in the fresh mountain air from a covered or open deck with a sitting area, built-in barbecue grill and fireplace. Cozy up in the home theater, challenge family and friends to a game of pool, or go for a swim in the indoor pool located in the property’s pool house.
Whether a single cabin will fit do or a large event has you renting out the neighborhood, start planning your group getaway.